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• Award-winning reporter and editor drawing on more than
a decade of experience leading digital and traditional newsrooms while crafting
stories that inform, inspire and entertain.
• Persuasive communicator known for
synthesizing complicated information into concise, compelling copy.
• Avid social media user with
experience in a variety of content management systems.
• Longtime player in the Boston-area
journalism landscape with mentors, friends and former colleagues at a range of
local, regional and national publications.
Patriot Ledger (Gatehouse Media New England) – General
Mass. – May 2011 - Present
• Leads the paper’s crime and public
safety coverage, tracking all court proceedings and following up on day-one
stories. Pursues overnight news and furthers prior day’s stories as the only
reporter in the newsroom for the first three hours of the day.
• Reports and writes several stories
daily on a diverse range of topics, from public health to politics, with more
than 2,100 articles published in less than five years on staff, including
nearly 500 that appeared on the front page. Develops enterprise projects
through public records requests and database building.
• Directs the work of reporters and
the copy desk in when filling in as the editor on duty.
• Manages the newspaper’s website
during the morning hours, shoots video from the scene when covering breaking
news and promotes content through social media.
(AOL) – Local Editor
Mass. – April 2010
– May 2011
a little-known web product in a hyper-competitive news market and drew more
than 10,000 monthly unique visitors within three months.
• Managed a team of nearly two dozen
freelance writers, photographers, columnists and part-time editors to maximize
news coverage, produce diverse lifestyle content and maintain the best event
listings available. Wrote or assigned more than 30 pieces of content each week.
Brookline TAB (Gatehouse Media New England) – Editor,
Assistant Editor, Reporter
Mass. – May 2007 – April 2010
• Helped transition a
traditional weekly community newspaper toward a round-the-clock online news
format, taking on the new responsibilities of digital and multimedia journalism
during a time of substantial staff reductions.
• Fostered a loyal,
engaged blog following through regular news updates, polls, commentary and
multimedia projects. Built relationships with other community bloggers to grow
and broaden blog traffic.
Free Press – Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Editorial Page
University – Boston, Mass. –
Oct. 2003 – Dec. 2006
• Directed a newsroom of more than 50 editors,
photographers and writers in the daily production of a independent student newspaper
with a circulation of 12,000 copies.
• Conducted daily
editorial budgets, copy-edited news and feature content and paginated art and
copy while coordinating work of printing and web-maintenance staff. Mentored younger editors and junior staff.
University College of Communication – Boston, Mass. – Graduation: May 2007
of Science in Journalism; Liberal Arts Minor in Spanish
San Francisco de Quito - Quito, Ecuador –
Aug. – Dec. 2005
of liberal arts courses taught in Spanish
• First Place, In-Depth Series –
2014 Excellence in Journalism Contest –
Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists – Shared with John Barry and Ryan Blessing of the Norwich
• Third place, Social Issues Feature Story –
2012 Better Newspaper Contest – New England Newspaper & Press
Association – Shared with Christian Schiavone
and Patrick Ronan of the Patriot Ledger
• First Place, Spot News Story –
2008 Better Newspaper Contest – New England Press Association –
Shared with Needham Times staff